Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Student Success Series

Collaborating with a number of units across campus, the Graduate Net brings together a free workshop series to help enhance your graduate experience in all stages of your career. The workshops will help you sharpen your skills in the areas of academic, professional/career, and personal development. The workshops will help graduate students learn about resources and strategies to maximize their success at Fresno State and beyond.

Please come back and revisit the schedule as we add dates and workshops to the series.

For questions or ZOOM presentations, please contact Andrea Cortes at

Academic Development Workshop

These workshops focus on supporting graduate students academic development. In collaboration with the Graduate Writing Studio and the Henry Madden Library, we offer workshops that will prepare you to write that next paper, from using online library tools to formatting your thesis or dissertation. Additional workshops guide students in applying for graduate research fellowships, presenting and publishing their work, and other topics important for successful researchers.

Professional Development

Partnering with the Career Development Services and SupportNet, we offer workshops to prepare you for life after graduation. These workshops include career support, resume assistance, networking, preparing for interviews, establishing successful mentoring relationships, and writing successful PhD applications.

Personal Development

Collaborating with SupportNet and the Student Health & Counseling Center, we are happy to offer workshops focused on graduate student needs. These workshops will present tips and strategies to help graduate students battle common stressors facing graduate students, improve time management, and healthy living.



To register for the workshops please use the following link:

Grammar for Grad Students (Ronald Dzerigian)

This is a workshop series that will take place weekly over 5 weeks. The sessions will cover parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph formation, essay structure, and plagiarism. Although geared to non-native English speakers, this series is helpful for anyone who wants a grammar refresher. This series is being offered in person on campus. Please select dates for which you plan on attending.

Parts of Speech: Thursday, February 14 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (HML 2145)

Sentence Construction: Thursday, February 21 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (HML 2145)

Paragraph Construction: Thursday, February 28 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (HML 2145)

Is it Empirical?

This workshop will help students determine what types of articles (quan, qual, primary, secondary, etc) they have found, as well as what types of articles are acceptable for literature reviews.

Thursday, February 7 @ 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (HML 2127)

Card Sorting, Google Tools & Lit Reviews

In this workshop students will learn more about the literature review, how to get started and some tips for researching.

Tuesday, February 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (HML 2127)

Beginning Endnote

Customize your downloaded version of EndNote, learn the basics of how to add references and files, organize your citations and PDFs, create bibliographies, and use Cite While You Write. Room 2127 has Laptops with EndNote downloaded onto them.

Wednesday, February 20 @ 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (HML 2127)

Introduction to APA Style (Debra Neufeld)

This session will provide an introduction to APA style based on the APA Manual - 6th edition. We will spend some time discussing citations and references. Bring your APA 6th Edition Manual!

Tuesday, February 26 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (HML 2145)

ZOOM WORKSHOP! Critical Skimming and Note-Taking (Greta Bell)

Brush up on your reading and note-taking skills. Learn some new strategies that will help you read critically and take effective notes.

Saturday, February 23 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (ZOOM meeting link will be emailed to you)

Developing your Scholarly Voice (Ronald Dzerigian)

This workshop utilizes the concept of "write what you know" to help student​s​ build confidence as writers/researchers, not fall into a pattern of ​imitative writing, and perfect their own particular scholarly voice. We will discuss ​research management, ​the drafting process, ​self-imposed ​deadline​s​, revision strategies, perspective taking, and close reading to help students gain ownership over their acquired knowledge and ​harness their own style of information relay.

Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (HML 2145)

Wednesday, February 20 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2145)

Overcoming Writer's Block (Ronald Dzerigian)

Having a hard time getting started on your writing? Or perhaps you are stuck somewhere in the middle. Get some strategies to help you get back on the right track!

Tuesday, February 19 @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (HML 2145)

Wednesday, February 27 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (HML 2145)


Stay tuned for upcoming dates!


Stay tuned for upcoming dates!


Stay tuned for upcoming dates!